Posted by Bryan Fischer
It's surprising to see Tennessee, of all programs, near the bottom of the SEC commitment list, but Vols fans and coaches are hopeful two recent commits are the start of a little momentum on the recruiting trail.
Jackson (Tenn.) wide receiver Drae Bowles and Dunwoody (Ga.) receiver Justin King had both verbally pledged to the program by Monday afternoon and, in one fell swoop, doubled Tennessee's recruiting class.
"I just felt like it was the best decision for me and my family," Bowles told VolQuest.com. "Tennessee's been with me from day one. They offered me my sophomore year and others didn't offer me until my junior year. I just felt like part of the family when I went up there to visit. They just showed me nothing but love."
"I took a visit there Saturday with my parents and a teammate and my little brother and we really just fell in love with everything there, from an academics standpoint to an athletics standpoint," King added. "And I feel like the resources they have there for athletes are just amazing. I came home thinking UT and I woke up this morning feeling like UT is the best place for me."
Both players moved up their timetables to commit to the Vols but at the end of the day, they found the school that was the best fit and allows them to focus on their upcoming senior year.
"I feel like me making the decision before the season takes a lot of the stress from me," Bowles said. "I'm not having to worry about or feel any pressure. I'm just going to be the normal Drae and I don't feel like I have to overdo anything. I just want to be the normal person I am and work hard and lead up the young guys, most importantly."
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Bowles and the 6-foot-3, 215-pound King give Tennessee four total commitments for the class of 2012.